John is passionate about human and animal rights, social justice, equality, and the environment, and likes to convey that in his writing.
As I am sure almost everyone is aware Australia has been burning for weeks, with many fires burning out of control. Many thousands of hectares of land, hundreds of homes, human lives, and almost a billion animals have perished.
Where I live in Queensland we have suffered drought conditions for the best part of the last year with no significant rainfall. However, today it seems the drought may have finally broken with a downpour of 94 millimetres (3.7 inches approx.)
At the time of writing, rain is also falling in a number of areas (Southern states) where fires have still been burning. Hopefully, this is the beginning of the wet change we have been praying for and will finally extinguish the unrelenting fires.
Because it is raining here, I felt compelled to write some poetry praising the rain and welcoming more of it.
Praying for Storm Clouds
Rain is beating on the roof,
There's no more soothing sound.
This country's suffered months of drought
And fires have blazed all around.
Let's hope this answers all our prayers
For days of soaking rain,
To douse the fires and quench the land
So recovery can begin.
Fill all the waterways and dams,
Save livestock still alive,
Help nature to regenerate
And once again to thrive.
Some find rain depressing,
They prefer bright sunny days,
But, in the driest continent
It's for storm clouds that we pray.
So, send her down and don't let up,
We'll even welcome floods.
They breed 'em tough in Aussie land,
Overcoming's in our blood.
Have You Seen the Rain? ~ Haiku
Have you seen the rain?
It's been missing for some time.
Tell it to come home.
Sunshine is vital,
All life needs it to survive.
Rain is luxury.
Hail to the summer.
Celebrate the sun and rain.
Rain on my parade.
Let the rain pour down
On this dry but sacred ground.
Life can thrive once more.
Fire is powerful
But like rock, paper, scissors,
Rain can defeat it.
Let's do a rain dance.
No more need for smoke signals.
War drums on the roof.
Let the rain teem down
Saturating the dry ground.
Bring back all the green.
© 2020 John Hansen